Workers must receive time off to vote on February 2nd

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January 14th, 2014 ( Employers must allow their workers time to vote for Costa Rica’s next president on Sunday, February 2nd, or face stiff fines.


That does not mean that February 2nd is a paid day off, however.  The law is based on reasonableness and good faith, whereas the employee can request a reasonable amount of time away from their duties in order to go to the polls and later return to work.


If an employer interferes with a worker’s right to vote, the employer can be punished under Article 614 of the Labor Code with penalties ranging from ¢399,400 to ¢9,186,200 (betwee one and 23 base salaries).

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